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Andre Drummond injury: Neck tests come back negative, day to day

Andre Drummond suffered a scary injury during the first five and a half minutes of Saturday night's game vs. the Pacers.

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A scary collision with Roy Hibbert left the Pistons' young star center Andre Drummond sprawling across the floor, clutching the back of his head. A stretcher was initially brought out for him before it was determined it would not be needed and he could walk to the locker room under his own power (with help). The Pistons announced at halftime that he would not return with what was diagnosed a neck injury.

The good news is that it was not worse:

Vince Ellis added via Twitter that Drummond was back at The Palace, so that's encouraging.

Day to day or not, with the Pistons now five games back of the No. 8 seed and only 16 games left in the season, it is probably in the Pistons' best overall interests -- losing and protecting the future of the franchise -- to shut Drummond down. It seems more likely that he'll play again this season, but we can hope there's no rush.